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Durham University

Research & business

Join the women in tech revolution

(7 May 2019)

TechUp Launch

Did you know only 17% of the tech workforce is female? Or that out of the top 16 tech companies in the FTSE 100, there’s only one ethnic minority woman on the board?

It’s time to tackle the shortage of women in tech, especially those from under-represented groups. It’s time to create the female tech leaders of tomorrow.

Our TechUP programme is giving 100 women the opportunity to retrain in tech with an interview for an internship, apprenticeship or job role at the end of the programme.

Flexible learning

The programme is open to women with degrees across the North of England and the Midlands.

The six-month programme is mainly online so you can fit studying around current commitments. Modules include coding, data science, project management, public speaking and cyber security.

TechUP is led by Durham in partnership with York, Edge Hill and Nottingham universities and 15 companies in recruitment and tech.

Study support

An industry mentor will provide you with support and guidance while you complete the programme.

There will also be four residential weekends where you can network with your course peers and listen to industry-led talks.


Durham’s Professor Sue Black, founder of the first online network for women in tech, has developed TechUP with colleague, Professor Alexandra Cristea.

Professor Sue Black says:

“Technology is a massive field that offers job opportunities in so many areas. TechUP is about kick starting a revolution to create awesome female tech role models.

“Education and technology have changed my life. Thirty years ago, I was living in poverty as a single parent with three small children. Going back into education at the age of 26 completely changed all of our lives.”

Apply now

Ready to join the revolution? Apply by visiting TechUP.

For further information, call 0191 334 6942 or email

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